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New Study Affirms Gulf Oil Spill's Vastness: 4.4 Million Barrels; 'We Think It's A Really Good Ballpark'
New York, New York - Sep 23, 2010 19:51 EST

BP's leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was conclusively sealed this week, but even now, questions remain about the amount of oil that actually came out of it. Initially after the April 20 explosion, officials claimed that the...
 
Honduras And Palau Challenge The World To Save Sharks; 'Global Leaders In Shark Conservation'
New York, New York - Sep 22, 2010 22:00 EST

Honduras and Palau, two countries that have stopped shark fishing in their waters, are urging the rest of the world to conserve the world's dwindling shark populations or run the risk of losing the ocean's top predator and throwing the...
 
Deep Water Sharks: A New Wave Of Ocean Exploration In The Bahamas
Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas - Sep 22, 2010 21:32 EST

The Shark Research and Conservation Program at the Cape Eleuthera Institute has initiated a new research program this week aimed at investigating the diversity and abundance of deep ocean sharks living in The Bahamas. Collaborating scientists Dr. Dean...
 
Scientists Find 20 Years Of Deep Water Warming Leading To Sea Level Rise
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 21, 2010 21:58 EST

Scientists analyzing measurements taken in the deep ocean around the globe over the past two decades find a warming trend that contributes to sea level rise, especially around Antarctica. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, cause heating of...
 
Scientist Seeks A Less Toxic, More Efficient Oil Dispersant; 'there Is Very Little Published Research'
Buffalo, New York - Sep 21, 2010 19:31 EST

After the failure of the Deepwater Horizon oil well last spring, nearly 2 million gallons of dispersant were released into the Gulf of Mexico to contain the spill. While preliminary reports suggest that it successfully dispersed much of the oil,...
 
Research: 'Bad News' As Female Fish Abandoned By Males Raise Offspring On Their Own
Victoria, Australia - Sep 20, 2010 20:55 EST

Caring for children can be a tough job, particularly if you are a female cichlid fish. Native to the crater lakes of Nicaragua, cichlid fish look after their young by defending them against would-be predators. While male and female cichlid...
 
No 'Silent World': Study Shows 'Noise' Is Symptom Of Coral Reef Health
Bristol, U.K. - Sep 20, 2010 20:27 EST

Healthy reefs with more corals and fish generate predictably greater levels of noise, according to researchers working in Panama. This has important implications for understanding the behavior of young fish, and provides an exciting new approach for monitoring environmental...
 
Anglers And Scientists Join To Track Marlin Swimming Unusual Migration Routes Across The Equator
Palo Alto, California - Sep 17, 2010 19:26 EST

Pacific blue marlin, one of the largest billfish to swim the open ocean, have begun giving up some secrets about their heretofore mysterious ways. New data has surfaced about the marlins' underwater journeys, thanks to "catch and release" anglers participating...
 
Watch Your Seas: Marine Scientists Call For European Marine Observatory Network
Brussels, Belgium - Sep 17, 2010 18:21 EST

More than 100 marine scientists, policy makers and members of industry unanimously call for action towards an integrated network of observatories monitoring Europe's seas, at the Marine Board-ESF Forum 'Towards a European Network of Marine Observatories'. This will give reliable,...
 
Injured Soldiers Certify As Divers, Find Healing In Water; 'We Had To Be Creative'
SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Sep 16, 2010 15:14 EST

Six months of underwater scuba training culminated in diver certification for five Soldiers from Charlie Company, Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe at a ceremony held here on Ledward Barracks. Sgt. David Fowler, Sgt. Jason Baker, Sgt. 1st Class Brock Strickland, Spc. William Howell...
 
Study: Satellite Monitoring Shows Coral Disease Outbreaks Linked To Winter Temperatures, Not Just Warm Summers
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 16, 2010 13:43 EST

For the first time, scientists have linked mild water temperatures during the preceding winter period with outbreaks of coral diseases on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. By studying satellite measurements of unusual sea surface temperatures, the international team of scientists also...
 
Study: Fishing Could Feed 20 Million More If Better Managed
Vancouver, British Columbia - Sep 15, 2010 00:12 EST

Global fisheries, a vital source of food and revenue throughout the world, contribute between US$225-$240 billion per year to the worldwide economy, according to four new studies released today. Researchers also concluded that healthier fisheries could have prevented malnourishment in...
 
Sex Life Of Toxic Sea Slugs To Be Studied; 'We Want To Find Out Who The Slugs Are Having Sex With'
Palmerston, New Zealand - Sep 14, 2010 23:50 EST

A three-year $250,000 research project will investigate whether the sex life of toxic sea slugs holds the key to why the creatures are washing up in increasing numbers on Auckland beaches. The Auckland Regional Council erected signs warning people to closely...
 
Lawsuit Launched To Save Tuna Imperiled By Overfishing, Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill; Effects 'Years To Come'
San Francisco, California - Sep 14, 2010 23:28 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity today formally notified the National Marine Fisheries Service it intends to sue the agency for failing to respond to a petition to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna. The tuna, which migrates across the Atlantic to spawn...
 
New Current Meter Provides Answers For Lobster Industry, Oyster Farmers; 'It's Lightweight, It's Inexpensive'
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Sep 14, 2010 23:08 EST

When a federal fisheries scientist sought to learn how ocean currents affect the catch rate of lobsters, he turned to a University of Rhode Island oceanographer who had developed an innovative and inexpensive meter for measuring currents near the bottom...
 
Marine Scientists Propose Radical Changes To End The Oceans' 'Tragedy Of The Commons'
Queensland, Australia - Sep 14, 2010 23:02 EST

Leading international marine scientists are proposing radical changes in the governance of the world's oceans to rescue them from overfishing, pollution and other human impacts. Based on a successful experiment in Chile, the researchers say a new approach to marine tenure...
 
Research: Human Impacts On The Deep Seafloor Quantified
Southampton, U.K. - Sep 14, 2010 22:55 EST

Scientists have for the first time estimated the physical footprint of human activities on the deep seafloor of the North East Atlantic. The findings published in the journal PLoS ONE reveal that the area disturbed by bottom trawling commercial fishing...
 
Whole Foods Vows To Stop Selling Over-Fished Seafood By Earth Day 2013
Austin, Texas - Sep 13, 2010 21:43 EST

Whole Foods Market today launches the first in-store color-coded sustainability-rating program for wild-caught seafood and commits to phasing out all red-rated species by Earth Day 2013. Through partnerships with Blue Ocean Institute and Monterey Bay Aquarium, Whole Foods Market is...
 
Shark Attack Survivors Press U.N. To Save The Sharks; 'We See The Value In Saving These Animals'
New York, New York - Sep 13, 2010 20:01 EST

Shark attack survivors hailing from five countries are pushing the United Nations to adopt measures to protect sharks. The survivors-turned-advocates, brought together by the Pew Environment Group, are calling for countries to end the fishing of sharks threatened or near-threatened...
 
Research: Wind Tunnel Experiment Proves Flying Fish Can Glide Better Then Insects, And As Good As Birds
Cambridge, U.K. - Sep 10, 2010 18:17 EST

We're all familiar with birds that are as comfortable diving as they are flying but only one family of fish has made the reverse journey. Flying fish can remain airborne for over 40 seconds, covering distances of up to 400m...
 
U.S. Seafood Consumption Declines Slightly In 2009; 'Room For The U.S. Aquaculture Industry To Grow'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 9, 2010 13:44 EST

The average American ate 15.8 pounds of fish and shellfish in 2009, a slight decline from the 2008 consumption figure of 16.0 pounds, according to a NOAA Fisheries Service report out today. The U.S. continues as the third-ranked country for...
 
Researcher: Oil Remains Below Surface, Will Come Ashore In Pulses; 'It's Most Definitely There'
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Sep 8, 2010 21:25 EST

Gregory Stone, director of LSU's WAVCIS Program and also of the Coastal Studies Institute in the university's School of the Coast & Environment, disagrees with published estimates that more than 75 percent of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident...
 
Bahamas Police: Photos Of Human Remains Eaten By Shark Offer Few Clues; Warning: Extremely Graphic Pictures
Nassau, The Bahamas - Sep 7, 2010 23:14 EST

Bahamian authorities are still trying to identify the remains of a dead man found inside of a tiger shark caught off the island's coast last weekend. Investigators are examining pictures of the deceased to gather whether or not the man was...
 
Scientists Uncover Counterpart Of Cerebral Cortex In Marine Worms; 'It Came Out Of 'The Blue''
Heidelberg, Germany - Sep 4, 2010 18:26 EST

Our cerebral cortex, or pallium, is a big part of what makes us human: art, literature and science would not exist had this most fascinating part of our brain not emerged in some less intelligent ancestor in prehistoric times. But...
 
Conservation Groups Urge Passage Of Stalled U.s. Coral Reef Protection Legislation; 'Disappearing Within Our Lifetimes'
Miami, Florida - Sep 4, 2010 17:46 EST

Our coral reefs are in trouble. Almost 20% of the world's coral reefs have been lost and an additional 35% are threatened according to the expert opinion of 372 coral reef scientists and managers from 96 countries who contributed to...
 
Study: Oceans On Brink Of Mass Extinction; 'There Will Be Very Unpredictable Consequences'
Sydney, Australia - Sep 3, 2010 17:38 EST

New research by Macquarie University palaeobiologist, Dr John Alroy, predicts major changes to the rules of evolution as we understand them now. Those changes will have serious consequences for future biodiversity because no one can predict which groups will come...
 
Florida Diver Derbies To Net Lionfish And $10,000 In Cash And Prizes; 'Genuine Food Delicacy'
Florida Keys, Florida - Sep 2, 2010 18:46 EST

Putting an innovative twist on fishing tournaments, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, in partnership with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), have created three fishing derbies for the dive community to capture and remove non-native lionfish from Keys waters. Participants are...
 
Experts: Marine Stewardship Council's Certification Failing Basic Science; 'Bureaucracy' Instead Of 'Biology'
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sep 1, 2010 18:00 EST

The world's most established fisheries certifier is failing on its promises as rapidly as it gains prominence, according the world's leading fisheries experts from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at...
 
Scientists: Sonar Images Reveal Sunken Oil Tanker Off California Coast, Possible Pollution Threat
Monterey, California - Sep 1, 2010 17:39 EST

Experts hope to use sonar images of a sunken ship off California's coast to determine whether the vessel is at risk of leaking oil. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) sent a robotic submersible down to the wreck of...
 
Scientists: Marine Animals Suggest Evidence For A Trans-Antarctic Seaway; 'We Knew We Were Onto Something Very Interesting'
CAMBRIDGE, U.K. - Aug 31, 2010 19:01 EST

A tiny marine filter-feeder, that anchors itself to the sea bed, offers new clues to scientists studying the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet a region that is thought to be vulnerable to collapse(1). As part of a...
 
Researcher: Worry More About Lightning Or Bees Than Shark Attacks; 'A Surfer Looks Like A Seal'
Galveston, Texas - Aug 30, 2010 17:37 EST

Pity the poor shark. If ever a creature needed a good PR campaign, it might be the shark especially when it comes to those headline-grabbing but very rare shark attacks. Studies show that lightning is a far greater...
 
From Pirate To Prisoner: Animal Planet To Air Whale Wars Special Featuring Eco-Maverick Peter Bethune
Beverly Hills, California - Aug 30, 2010 16:29 EST

Animal Planet today announced it has given the green light for a new WHALE WARS one-hour special series episode featuring Captain Pete Bethune of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. During the two-hour season finale, viewers' last glimpse of eco-pirate and...
 
Progress On Vaccine For 'Ich,' Bane Of Fish Farms And Home Aquarium Hobbyists; 'Just One Treatment'
Boston, Massachusetts - Aug 27, 2010 19:20 EST

Tests of the potential vaccine against "Ich" ― the dreaded "white-spot" disease that plagues fish in commercial fish farms, public aquariums, pet fish retail outlets, and home aquariums ― are raising hopes for finally controlling the disease, scientists reported here...
 
UN Warns Alien Species Are Threatening Biodiversity Of Wadden Sea
Bonn, Germany - Aug 27, 2010 18:05 EST

A wide range of species not native to Europe's Wadden Sea have invaded its ecosystem, threatening the biodiversity of the World Heritage Site, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report unveiled today. A diverse range of alien species...
 
Report: Numerous Great White Sharks Seen Lurking Off Southern California Beaches
Los Angeles, California - Aug 27, 2010 17:08 EST

There have been 8 confirmed and 5 suspected white shark sightings and breaches reported from Sunset Beach, Los Angeles, in less than two weeks. Observations have occurred from early morning to late afternoon. Reports of juvenile and adult white sharks...
 
Coral Off Puerto Rico's Coast 'Ideal Case Study' For Gulf Oil Spill's Impact; 'Our Team Showered With Laboratory Soap'
Orlando, Florida - Aug 25, 2010 21:55 EST

Coral living off the coast of Puerto Rico may provide researchers valuable information about the potential impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. University of Central Florida biologist John Fauth, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists and non-governmental agencies...
 
Scientists: First Frozen Repository For Hawaiian Coral Created; Can Be Thawed '1,000 Years From Now'
Mānoa, Hawaii - Aug 24, 2010 23:24 EST

Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have created the first frozen bank for Hawaiian corals in an attempt to protect them from extinction and to preserve their...
 
Paternity Tests: Whale Sharks May Produce Many Litters From One Mating; 'Storing Sperm'
Chicago, Illinois - Aug 24, 2010 23:13 EST

How do female whale sharks meet their perfect mates and go on to produce offspring? While little is known about the reproductive behavior of these ocean-roaming giants, a newly published analysis led by University of Illinois at Chicago biologist Jennifer...
 
Scientists Map Origin Of Large, Underwater Hydrocarbon Plume In Gulf; 22 Miles Long And More Than 3,000 Feet Below Surface
Washington, D.C. - Aug 24, 2010 23:07 EST

Scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have detected a plume of hydrocarbons at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of...
 
Ancient Microbes Responsible For Breathing Life Into Ocean Deserts; 'Cyanobacteria Is The Simplest Explanation'
Phoenix, Arizona - Aug 23, 2010 21:41 EST

More than two and a half billion years ago, Earth differed greatly from our modern environment, specifically in respect to the composition of gases in the atmosphere and the nature of the life forms inhabiting its surface. While today's atmosphere...
 


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